An incident at a fan convention led to the sexual assault charges filed against actor Gary Busey on Friday.
On the weekend of August 12th, officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department responded to reports of a “sex offense.”
Harassment, as well as criminal sexual contact and attempted criminal sexual contact, were filed against Busey.
The Cherry Hill Police Department confirmed on Friday that actor Gary Busey had been charged with sex crimes and harassment following an incident at the Monster Mania Convention in New Jersey.
The convention was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and on Saturday, August 17, police released a statement saying they responded to reports of “a sex offense” there on August 12.
The 78-year-old “The Buddy Holly Story” star was arrested and charged with “Harassment – Disorderly Persons Offense,” “Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact,” and “Criminal Sexual Contact.”
State law in New Jersey states that those convicted of criminal sexual contact face up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Harassment is a serious crime that can land you in jail for up to 30 days and a $500 fine.
Monster Mania Convention LLC released a statement through an attorney saying the company was aware of an incident involving a “attendee and a celebrity guest” and was cooperating with authorities.
Fox29 reporter Eddi Kadhim tweeted a statement from the convention that read, “Immediately upon receiving a complaint from the attendee, the celebrity guest was removed from the convention and instructed not to return.” Visitors were urged to report the event to authorities by Monster-Mania.
The actor, known for roles in films like “Lethal Weapon” and “Point Break,” has had legal trouble before. Busey was sued in 2011 for allegedly tackling a woman at an airport while intoxicated and attempting to cut in line. His financial situation deteriorated and he eventually declared bankruptcy.
Insider’s request for comment from Busey’s representatives went unanswered.
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